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Imus Protests April 2004
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History’s judgment rendered today!  

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Fed to continue interest rate hikes; Gross Domestic Product at 3.8 percent: The broadest measure of economic standing increased at an annual rate of 3.8 percent January through March. No sign of cooling. (Business Week)

 

 

Lecture Notes:  06-29-05

 

The final triumph of the VICTIMS.

 

 

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No, not yet.  Still here.  Counting the hours now.    I will soon be gone, and you will be victorious.  What an accomplishment.  If a large group of rich powerful people, using the IRS, police, their offices, networks of their “friends”,  one employer after another, or their radio and television stations, private investigators, even their own  positions in the Senate and House.   You must be so proud of yourselves.  That is what is important right?  Pride?  Self esteem?   If you feel “in the right”, if you are proud of yourselves that is all that counts?  (“We had good intentions . . . .”)

 

As if we needed to have this proved.

 

What I have focused on here at the end is the utter smugness of my enemies, their complete sincerity, . . . they are certain that they are the VICTIMS!

 

Can they really be so self deluded?   Yes.

 

They have destroyed me and they justify themselves by any psychological defense.

 

That White man,   . . .  he can’t even spell!  (Right Rosie Allen?)

 

That Poor Man, he doesn’t even have a job!  (Right, Mrs. Jack Swanson?)

 

That Goy  . . . he is paranoid!  (Right, Ron Owens?)

 

That Straight Goy . . . he is all alone!  (Right, Michael Weiner?)

 

That Suicide . . . why doesn’t he do what he says he will do?  (Right, Imus?;  right, O’Reilly?)

 

All the resentments, (some of which are recognized in law, (the race and gender laws of affirmative action)), some others of which are known but not openly discussed in polite society;   all of these resentments serve as justification and excuse.

 

And the IRS?  Well, the same psychological defenses and justifications work for them.  For example, Mr. “Winbush” who worked at the Criminal Investigation Unit in Atlanta, sounded Black.   (see The IRS and the Illegals from the North at the Moynihan) No doubt he felt, still feels ?, justified.  Why?

 

Someone told him I was racist?  Not necessarily.  He is Black and I am White, that is all it takes to justify hatred.  (Right Rosie Allen?)  Do you think Scott Bobro had to be persuaded to harasse me at Farmers?  Ron Owens , (or was it Michael Weiner), had to set out a case that I was anti-Semitic to get Bobro to attack the Goy?    

 

No!  Not at all.  Anything can be justified if you are a VICTIM.

 

Counselor:  And you are not?

 

. . . uh, . . . well, yes of course, a victim but not a VICTIM.  (Not officially recognized and approved by society.  Of course Imus seems himself as a VICTIM, as does O’Reilly.  But society does not recognize their claims to VICTIM status.  So they must go without, sublimating their grievances.   Sad, no?  But to have your victimhood recognized by Society, that is the supreme status, a license to do anything, of course only if one has “good intentions”, like for example, getting even with a male chauvinist male, Whitey, Gentile . . . etc. etc.)

 

So yes, I have been victimized, but I am not given VICTIM status because White, male, etc. etc.  . . .

 

This is the point I was making in the Last Letter (see Last Letter at the Moynihan).

 

So we end where we began.

 

They really showed me.  Thus am I refuted. 

 

That goy straight White male  etc. etc.  . . . . he shouldn’t have started “mess’n” with us . . . 

 

How does that song go?  The feminist anthem?  Rosie, Mrs. Jack Swanson . . . Yvonne?  “I am Woman . . . I am invincible . . .”  Society justifies and condones their maliciousness . . . their dishonesty . . . their VICTIM status.

 

Even a malicious prick at the IRS, waiting to see his victim kill himself . . . waiting, . . . waiting, . . . to get even with Whitey . . .  

 

 Ah,  to be victorious and self righteous . . . as only the VICTIM can be self righteous.    

 

  

    

 

  

As the Iraqis stand up we will stand down.
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HMS Victory

 

‘The President is not using the Presidency to define the agenda. . . . I think he is like his father,  he is too busy being president  to do the work of the Presidency.  And if you do not set the agenda others will fill the vacuum, the congress, the Democrats, which is what has been going on:  the President’s political opponents have been defining the issues . . .’

----  Dick Morris,  June 28, 2005, Fox Radio

 

Hurray for our side!!! U.S. Military to Expand Prisons in Iraq NewsMax.com Wires : Tuesday, June 28, 2005: The U.S. military said Monday it plans to expand its prisons across Iraq to hold as many as 16,000 detainees . . . The prison population at three military complexes throughout the country Abu Ghraib, Camp Bucca and Camp Cropper has nearly doubled from 5,435 in June 2004 to 10,002 now, said Lt. Col. Guy Rudisill, a spokesman for detainee operations in Iraq. Some 400 non-Iraqis are among the inmates, ---- ok ---- Good! ---- Now . . .Isolate the 400, add programs of indoctrination for the rest, drain the swamp, let the Iraqis arrest all the other males in the clans . . . 160,000, not 16,000 . . . {this is the Middle East} they can help rebuild Iraq, starting with the Syrian border, double trenched, double fenced . .

News >> Science Bird flu detected in Japan:- IBARAKI, Japan | June 27, 2005 5:11:36 PM IST ---- A diluted strain of bird flu virus has been turned up at a poultry farm in Mitsukaido, Ibaraki Prefecture, the first time the strain has been confirmed in Japan.

Global Warming? Rings of Earth: Benny Peiser, a social anthropologist at Liverpool John Moores University in the UK, says, "I don't think that the modest warming trend we are currently experiencing poses any significant or long-term threat. Nevertheless, what the paper does show quite impressively is that our hyper-complex civilization is theoretically and technologically capable of dealing with any significant climate change we may potentially face in the future." (Drudge)

Capital Nearly Speechless on Big China Bid // Get used to it. This is what the word deficit means: It means less choice; less opportunity; less freedom. And this is just the Trade Deficit of $150 billion. With China. Not the $8 trillion National Debt. They dont want our goods so we must sell them assets. This is what it means. What? You thought it was just numbers on paper? (NYT)

 

Oligarchy Watch: 06-26-05

 

The careless rich:

 

Newspaper business reporters are worse than their Auto Page and Consumer Electronic colleagues, who are themselves below the credibility of Sports reporters.

 

Look through your newspaper.

 

Ever wonder why so many  stories are about the latest Bentley model?  Long articles about the most recent $500 pocket electronic gadget.  Ever wonder who owns all those sunken gardens sprawling out to the sculpted hedges.  When did you last “weekend” at an English country estate?

 

You think maybe your newspapers are out of touch?

 

The New York Times has done 53 articles, front page at that, on the imprisoned terrorist at Abu Gharib, and  24 stories on Air America radio.   Oh, sure, the New York Times has not lost touch with America.   

 

How many will be hurt by the housing bubble?  We do not expect the Real Estate Page editor to care (we know that they like the sports, auto, and consumer “life style” reporters are nothing but touts for the rich), but wouldn’t you have thought that some business reporter would want to warn his readers?

 

Some U.S. housing markets show signs of bust: Fannie

 

Housing bubble trouble - Mass. home sales plunge 11.1 percent

 

Calif. housing bubble seen deflating

UCLA researchers see prices flattening

 

U.K. house prices dropped for the 12th successive month in June, making homes cheaper than at any time in almost two years, according to a survey by the Hometrack property Web site.

 

It's a bubble that brings to mind those English Victorian novels that featured a named estate as a central protagonist and land values as their theme. If TV had been around in the 19th century, no doubt the characters in George Eliot's "Middlemarch" would have watched "Extreme Makeover" and fretted about whether they could afford Sub-Zero refrigerators.

 

There is a tiresome provincialism and self-righteousness to the real estate bubble. You may have been smart if you bought eBay stock early on, but you were virtuous and responsible if you bought property as early as possible in your adulthood, and now you are being rewarded for your upright character.

 

But the median sale price dropped 6.5% to $217,000, lowest since September's $211,600.

 

 

This story:

 

Mother of mauling victim arrested

(http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/06/23/MNdogs23.DTL)

 

June 23, 2005

 

The mother of 12-year-old San Francisco boy killed by the family’s two pit bulls earlier this month was arrested today on a warrant charging her with felony child endangerment causing death.

The charges against Maureen Faibish, 39, could lead to a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison if she is convicted. . . .

 

Reminds me that Imus admitted  to negligent homicide for his own dog  . . .

 

October 15, 2004

 

IMUS COPS TO NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE ON AIR

 

In a bizarre occurrence on Imus in the Morning, Don Imus related a story of how a dog he owned thirty years ago killed an elderly neighbor when it got loose in Imus' old neighborhood in Parma, Ohio. Imus claimed that he was unaware of the incident for six months until another neighbor informed him of the incident. Imus recounted that the dog, a mixed-breed Great Dane/Boxer jumped on the elderly woman in her backyard who went into cardiac arrest and died. Imus' brother Fred joined the discussion and reminded Don that the dog in question was not "Bingo", a dog Imus had in his childhood, but rather "Bear" a large dog that had a previous history of aggressive behavior. Upon hearing the name "Bear", Charles McCord added his recollection about the dog that confirmed Fred Imus' account of an aggressive dog that had attacked other people.

 

NOTE: Imus says no one from the family of the woman ever contacted him nor the police so it is safe to say he was never charged with anything.

 

Anyone know what the statute of limitations is in Ohio for what sounds a lot like negligent homicide?

http://www.thenationaldebate.com/blog/archives/2004/10/imus_cops_to_ne.html

 

At least someone has finally stood up to the old degenerate.  Of course, Tucker Carlson will now become a target, and not just of Imus.  He has shown what cowards the others are, Russert, Matthews, Fineman, etc. all the cowards chasing “media exposure.”      

 

Imus and Carlson become  royal pain with Contessa fight

(http://209.157.64.200/focus/f-news/1423342/posts)

 

All the kids are buzzing that there might be a fight after school between MSNBC spitball-throwers Tucker Carlson and Don Imus.

 

At the very least - after their nasty little dustup on Imus' morning show - these two incorrigibles should be sent to the principal's office.

 

The trouble started when Carlson, who was appearing by phone Monday to hype his new MSNBC show, "The Situation," chided Imus for being "awfully mean" to MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer, who'd read the news on Imus' show until recently.

 

"She's a moron," Imus snapped, echoing the insults he'd hurled at Brewer after she was quoted as calling him "a cantankerous old fool."

 

"She's the greatest person I have ever met," Carlson insisted. "I think she's brilliant and lovely."

Imus bristled: "Here's what you should do, Tucker. You should put her on your show. See how that works out for you."

 

Then Imus abruptly ended the interview. After that, he fumed and fumed, at one point mocking MSNBC President Rick Kaplan - aka the principal - for luring Carlson from CNN.

 

"I got a great idea! CNN fires this schmuck, I'll tell you what, let us hire him and give him his own show," Imus said, sarcastically.

 

Yesterday morning, Imus was still ranting, calling his new colleague "that bow-tied little [synonym for cat]" and Carlson's show "stupid."

 

Neither the combatants nor Brewer returned my phone calls yesterday.

 

Principal Kaplan tried to put a happy face on the whole thing: "I've got a great show in 'Imus in the Morning' and I'm really happy with 'The Situation With Tucker Carlson.' They're big boys. They'll work it out."

 

Yeah, well, I guess . . . watch out Tucker Carlson,  Imus has gotten away with murder before. 

 

 06-23-05

Counselor:  So how is your gyroscope?

 

 . . .

 

Counselor:  Has it been reset?

 

. . .

 

Counselor:  Back on course?

 

 . . .

 

Counselor:   . . .

 

 . . .

 

Counselor:  Both your brothers are pilots aren’t they?

 

 . . .

 

Counselor:  Let’s talk about your family . . .

 

 . . . I’m not prejudiced against pilots . . .

 

Counselor:  Alright, go ahead . . . explain . . . Let’s hear it . . .

 

 

 

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Lecture Notes:  06-23-05

 

 

 

What Mr. Bush should say about the bombings of Baghdad and Iraq:

 

“From time to time the tree of Liberty must be watered with the blood of Patriots and tyrants.”

----  Thomas Jefferson

 

 

We support the Free People of Iraq as they struggle for their freedom against the forces of evil and tyranny which hide in secret conspiracy in the dark, afraid to show themselves, because they fear Justice.

 

People of Iraq, know this, you are not alone.

 

America has sealed its bonds of friendship with the Free People of Iraq with the blood of our young people.   We even now are at the side of the Iraqi People at this very moment as the ordeal to give birth to the New Iraq continues.

 

To the people of Iraq I say again, you are not alone.

 

Your ordeal today is the same ordeal all free people have had to endure to win their freedom.  Recall London, 1942, as the Battle of Britain was fought over their very roof tops.  Recall the Vergeltungswaffe  weapons.

 

Vergeltungswaffe?   Vergeltungswaffe?  Forgive my German. 

 

Revenge Weapons?  Revenge?

 

Revenge for what?  What had the British done to Mr. Hitler? 

 

People of Iraq, don’t you know what the British had done? 

 

Yes!   They were free!  That is all it takes to make mortal enemies!   Simply being free causes the evil, disgustingly brutal, the hatful villains to set upon you.  That is all it takes, simply being free, to make such enemies.   

 

The V1s, the ‘buzz bombs’,  rained down on London in the early 1940s.  Whole families killed in an instant, in an explosion of a 1,000 pound bomb of high explosives.  It was their darkest hour. 

 

No, sadly, People of Iraq,  I tell you that you are not alone, in your suffering, in your dying, in the daily bleeding ---- this  all free people have  known, have had to endure,  we know your struggle, know your sorrow.

 

And I tell you that America is your true friend;  we shall stand with you today, as we stood with our British friends in their darkest hour.  (Mr. Churchill called it their finest hour.)

 

And we shall be there by your side tomorrow, and tomorrow, until the light of Justice is made to shine down on your tormenters.

 

People of Iraq,  you are not alone. 

 

 

 

 

Lecture Notes:  06-22-05

 

Dying among the lost and blind.

 

The new Clinton controversy shows that our political discourse can always fall lower.

 

The “rape my wife” story has been published before.  Previously it has been reported as an example of how calculating and cunning and shameless the Clintons are.

 

Prior reporting of the “rape my wife” story was to the effect that the Clintons, in order to establish the paternity of Chelsea, (Billy “shoots blanks”), contrived to go on a vacation with “friends” and went out of there way, in a manner again retold in this latest book, to involve their “friends”, or at least to make their “friends” aware of, their (the Clinton’s) sex life, so that foresaid “friends” would later be able to testify that procreation had begun nine months earlier when on their vacation.

 

What makes this story believable is that it is about the Clintons, and the final piece is the story’s novelistic ending with Billy calling his “friend”, months later, and saying, “I’m just sitting here reading the newspaper, and guess what . . .etc. . . . I learn that my wife is pregnant . . . etc.”

 

Yet, the College Visitor had probably thought that the “new low” in political discourse was the author  Edward Klein, (The Truth About Hillary), and the Visitor is mistaken, has been misdirected by the media.

 

This low was reached years ago.  The story is 25 years old, (Chelsea is 25!  Why I remember when . . .), and as I say it has been told and published before.

 

No, not Mr. Klein.

 

Ask yourself why has his retelling of this old story been made the center of the controversy?

 

In all the pretended dismay has anyone commented that this story has been published before?

 

For that matter, why does this “rape” of Hillary figure larger in the press than the earlier  revelation of the rape of Juanita Broadwick?   Indeed isn’t that the explanation?  Because they would not report the Broadwick story their conscience constrains them to sham outrage about this old story.  (And this is why they can not admit it was published before.  (And I live in their midst, watch them lurch about wildly, knocking about, grinning madly, the lost and blind.  What poor wretches.))

 

This is the new low:  The uniform, (both Left and Right), focus on this old “rape” story, which distorts the focus of the public’s attention, and misdirects the public, away from the real issues which should be examined.

 

This is a new low only in the sense that as we daily plunge ever lower we incrementally mark new lows not that this one is so much worse than what has preceded it.

 

For example the largest Clinton scandal that has gone unreported and about which you are here now reading for the first time occurred in April 1993.

 

Many have wondered what Clinton and his Attorney General, Janet Reno, discussed in their phone conversation just before the final raid on the Waco compound on 19 April, 1993.

 

Ms. Reno has herself said that Clinton did not order her to move on David Koresh, hold up inside with his so called Branch Dividians and their automatic weapons.  She says that the President said, “It is your decision.” 

 

Recall though that Reno had allowed the “standoff” to go on for some 50 days, (February 28 to April 19, 1993), yet it was the day after their conference call that she made the “decision” to launch the attack.

 

The Visitor is not asked to have sympathy for David Koresh only to note the timing of the call to the attack.  (As a purely technical matter I would not have recommended a frontal assault.  Several thousand yards of anchor chain should have been brought in and attached to tractors and then dragged through the wood framed structures slowly demolishing the buildings.  As the roof and walls were slowly opened up the hostages inside could have escaped, or at least had the possibility to escape.  In any case a slow motion attack might have avoided panic and the order to torch the place.)

 

So what has not been reported?

 

This takes us back even further when Jimmy Carter was in the White House in the Spring of 1980.  Castro added his prisons to the flood of 125,000 fleeing in the ‘Mariel boat lift’.  The Cubans arrived in the US and Mr. Carter, desperate, phoned the Governors and made a patriotic appeal for their  help in housing them. 

 

Most Governors refused their President; however, one Governor, an inexperienced first termer in the State of Arkansas, (Ragnat Populus, The People Reign (irony on irony, isn’t it just too much? )) eagerly agreed in answer to his nation’s call.

 

Several months later, the Cubans, who were incarcerated in an abandoned Army base in Arkansas rioted, and walked out of the lightly guarded camp, their M. P.’s  walking along with the parade trying to persuade them to return to the base. 

 

Word quickly spread and, (this being Arkansas), men folk pulled their pickups in a line across the road blocking the Cuban parade, and taking their shotguns from the gun racks, (this being Arkansas), and loaded them.

 

The Cubans, seeing the militia mustering down the road, decided to take the advise of their M. P. advisers and returned to their smoldering  base.  

 

The incident ended peacefully.  But the story got around, (this being Arkansas), that their young, long haired, (it was down on his ears!), inexperienced, draft dodging governor, had debated and discussed and made repeated phone calls to the feds, to his new best friend President Carter, and then discussed the whole thing further,  but had in fact not called out the State Militia, as he had ought to have done when he got the very first phone call that those Cubans were rioting and carrying on, as any damn fool would have done without a Georgetown or Yale or what the damn all, and why don’t they go back to Florida where they belong!         

 

And Governor Clinton was turned out of office in the very next election.

 

And all of this has been published before in the very same biographies that have the “rape” story mentioned earlier.

 

Counselor: So what is the new news?

 

Lets make this a class project.  How many prison riots took place in jail and prisons, federal and state, between the February 28, 1993 and April 19, 1993 dates?

 

Do you think Billy knows how many riots were going on during that time?

 

Do you not think that every day the young inexperienced President read the reports with growing alarm?

 

Is it happening again!  Can it be!  How in the  hell . . . !   God can’t I get a break?   Again in my first term?  God . . . !  Texas, Tennessee . . . Ohio!

 

What was going on in Billy’s mind as he held the phone to his ear and discussed the standoff with the Attorney General?

 

So what are the “real” issues on which you should be focusing?  Two years later, (exactly, to the day),  a truck bomb attack on the Murrah Federal Building left 168 dead and 800 wounded. 

 

This is the inevitable consequence of a break down in our political discourse.  Need further proof?  Just look at Iraq.  Every day a bomb.  Not dialogue.  Not reason. Not persuasion. 

 

In the same stories denouncing Mr. Klein, and his Truth About Hillary, I have read the gratuitous defamations of our Swift Boat Veterans.  Just now Franken has again defamed them.  And as noted so often before, these defamations are made without any explanation, no attempt to summarize the logical steps or facts that have lead to the conclusion.

 

As regular College Visitors know I have recently been depressed at the empty desert in which we live.  I have despaired for America.  Then I think of all those who are daily defamed in this manner, without so much as an explanation.  Why have I been targeted for 15 years?  Why are the Vets defamed?  Why did they go after Gardner the same way they have oppressed me?  Why do we hear ‘no connection, no connection’ repeated with such numbing idiocy?

 

Franken shouted, “Bush is a moron” the other day for suggesting that the 9-11 attack had forced war on America.  Mind you, not saying as appears true, that the Iraqi’s assisted al Qaeda, starting with their agent Ramsey Yosef, who along with Yasin  traveled from, and returned to Iraq after the first WTC attack, returning on a Kuwaiti passport which had Yosef’s photo and fingerprints in the Kuwaiti archives,  under his assumed name.  (A legend.  (And later then traveled to the Philippines and recruited a cell of terrorists to bomb planes and to fly them into landmarks.  One of these terrorists was captured with a cell phone which was used to make phone calls to Okalahoma City.  (Small world.))

 

No, Mr. Bush was merely saying that in a post 9-11 world he felt forced to engage the world of terrorism and its principal sponsors:  Saddam Hussein. 

 

You can argue against both positions, that Iraq was involved and the President’s position that regardless of the particulars of that one attack, Iraq was an incorrigible state sponsor of terrorism.

 

Go ahead and argue.  Logic? Reason?  Persuasion?  Franken, who originally supported the war, (to get us in), and then once in  later turned against the war,  himself said of Hussein, “He is the worst of the worst, he is as bad as they come.”

 

So at most we have removed the worst of the worst.  The Iraqis have gotten a big break.  At worst, by Franken’s logic.

 

But moron?

 

But as noted before Franken is acting in bad faith.  It is bad faith which is at the heart of fascism.  He has already said he plans to run for Senate.  He is in the mass media.  Therefore, you have all the elements:  The mass manipulation of symbols for state control, and for no other purpose, i.e. in bad faith.    

 

Therefore Al Franken is a fascist.

 

This bad faith, this willingness to defame our veterans, including a retired Admiral, who spoke up to tell what they knew from first hand experience, (statements supported by Kerry’s own contemporaneous notes), can lead to only one terminus.

 

If you break this compact of reason there is no other means for our reconciliation.  There can be no other result than bloody violence. 

 

McVeigh broke faith with us. 

 

But what did Rear Admiral Schachte do?  Why is he also defamed?

 

I can not count the number of times I have heard  the empty phrase “the discredited Swift Boat Vets” on Air America.  And the vapid,  “no connection, no connection.”  Or “moron!”  Or “shut up!”

 

Not very persuasive.  But worse . . . what are you doing?  Are you deliberately trying to destroy the nation?

 

The day after Thomas L. Friedman wrote an article saying that Liberals did not want to talk about Iraq, Franken began his program ranting in the opening about “violence spinning out of control with a bombing in Kirkuk.”  (That morning there had just been a bombing which killed 22 people.)  Franken sounded almost gleeful:  his ‘out of control.’  Why gleeful?  Well, don’t you know?  You see?  It is Bush’s fault.  Every time there is a bombing it is Bush’s fault.  (Never Franken’s fault.  Never the Democrat’s fault.  (For example the party line vote in 1990 to authorize the use of force, about which Senator Biden has said he was wrong not to vote in favor of the resolution.)  Had we had unanimous support we might have removed Hussein 14 years ago.)  But know it is all Bush’s fault.

 

But now let me ask you to consider just one last thing.  What if McVeigh had not gotten help in building a truck bomb from his contacts in the Philippines?  What if he had gotten help with a bioweapon?

 

What should you be focused on?  First, reason, how else shall you do anything else?

 

OHIO PRISON RIOT TOLL RISES TO 7 NEGOTIATORS DISCOURAGED BY PROGRESS OF TALKS WITH BLOCKADED PRISONERS, WHO COMPLAIN BY LOUDSPEAKER

Published on April 14, 1993. Article 1 of 4 found.
SOURCE:    SONJA BARISIC
ASSOCIATED PRESS
The inmate death toll rose to seven Tuesday at a maximum-security prison where eight guards were held hostage and rebellious convicts rigged a loudspeaker to complain about negotiations.

Negotiators also were not encouraged by the progress of talks with the barricaded prisoners, who have been denied food, heat, electricity and water since the riot.

A guard on patrol at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility found the seventh body in a cell of the K cellblock.

The unit is linked by a... 489 words, Rocky Mountain News (CO)

 

 

  7 GUARDS HURT IN OHIO PRISON RIOT INMATES HOLDING OTHERS HOSTAGE ASKING TO TALK ON LOCAL TV, OFFICIALS SAY

Published on April 12, 1993. Article 2 of 4 found.
SOURCE:    ASSOCIATED PRESS
Inmates rioted Sunday at a maximum security prison in south-central Ohio, injuring at least seven guards and taking others hostage, authorities said.

It wasn't immediately known how many guards were being held or how many prisoners were involved in the disturbance at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, said Sharron Kornegay of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Scioto County sheriff's senior dispatcher Phil Malone described the disturbance as a... 241 words, Rocky Mountain News (CO)

 

 

5 INMATES DIE, 8 GUARDS TAKEN HOSTAGE IN PRISON RIOT FIGHT AMONG INMATES TRIGGERS MELEE THAT INJURES AT LEAST 15 AT OHIO PENITENTIARY

Published on April 12, 1993. Article 3 of 4 found.
SOURCE:    ASSOCIATED PRESS
A fight among inmates escalated into a riot Sunday at a maximum security prison, with inmates killing at least five fellow prisoners and holding at least eight guards hostage, authorities said.

At least fifteen people were injured at the south-central Ohio prison, including 10 guards and five inmates, authorities said.

Sharron Kornegay, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, said the prisoners had apparently been beaten to death.

"They suffered... 513 words, Rocky Mountain News (CO)

 

 

NINE GUARDS TAKEN HOSTAGE IN OHIO PRISON RIOT FIGHT AMONG INMATES TRIGGERS MELEE THAT INJURES AT LEAST 13, INCLUDING NINE GUARDS

Published on April 12, 1993. Article 4 of 4 found.
SOURCE:    ASSOCIATED PRESS
A fight among inmates escalated into a riot Sunday at a maximum security prison in south-central Ohio, with prisoners taking at least nine guards hostage, authorities said. At least 13 people were injured, including nine guards and four inmates, they said.

One guard, who was being held hostage, was rescued when prison officials and the Ohio State Highway Patrol took back the recreation yard around 10 p.m., about seven hours after the outbreak.

"The inmates in the yard did not want... 517 words, Rocky Mountain News (CO)

 

 

INMATE PREDICTS END OF OHIO PRISON STALEMATE NEGOTIATOR SAYS GUARDS HELD HOSTAGE ARE WELL, SUGGESTS STANDOFF COULD COME TO AN END BY TODAY

Published on April 21, 1993. Article 8 of 200 found.
SOURCE:    ASSOCIATED PRESS
A lawyer advising inmates barricaded inside a maximum-security prison with five guards as hostages said Tuesday that a negotiator for the prisoners believes the standoff could end by today.

Niki Schwartz, a lawyer from Cleveland, was brought in by prison authorities Sunday to advise inmates trying to negotiate an end to the nine- day standoff at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility.

One guard and at least seven inmates have died since the standoff began April 11. Two guards held... 312 words, Rocky Mountain News (CO)

 

 

OHIO INMATES SURRENDER PEACEFULLY FIVE GUARDS HELD HOSTAGE RELEASED AS HUNDREDS OF PRISONERS FILE OUT CELLBLOCK

Published on April 22, 1993. Article 4 of 200 found.
SOURCE:    ASSOCIATED PRESS
An 11-day siege in a maximum-security prison ended late Wednesday after 450 inmates surrendered and released the last five guards they had held hostage.

Radio station WTVN in Columbus, citing unidentified sources, said an eighth body was found early today in the cellblock where the inmates had been barricaded.

But Jim Mayers of the state Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said, "We have no confirmation of any body."

At least seven inmates and one hostage had died in ... 276 words, Rocky Mountain News (CO)

 

 

PRISONERS ATTACK INMATES, GUARDS IN CONNECTICUT

Published on April 22, 1993. Article 3 of 200 found.
SOURCE:    ASSOCIATED PRESS
Scores of inmates were holed up in a state prison recreation area Wednesday night after they attacked other prisoners and guards, an official said. Fifteen inmates and three guards were injured.

The disturbance broke out shortly after 7 p.m. when inmates returning to their cells from the cafeteria staged a planned attack against a street gang known as "20-love," said Mary Dunn, a spokeswoman for the high-security Garner Correctional Institution.

Dunn said no hostages were being ... 146 words, Rocky Mountain News (CO)

 

WACO SURVIVOR SAYS FBI ASSAULT TRAPPED OTHER CULTISTS INSIDE

Published on April 22, 1993. Article 10 of 200 found.
SOURCE:    REUTER
A surviving member of the Branch Davidian cult says the government's assault on the compound near Waco, Texas, blocked escape routes for the 86 other cult members officials believe died in Monday's blaze.

The FBI used tank-like battering rams to knock holes in the buildings in the compound so they could pump tear gas into the living quarters and force cult members to surrender.

But cult member Jaime Castillo told his attorney, Jeff Kearney, that when the tanks rammed the... 149 words, Rocky Mountain News (CO)

 

References:

 

Partners in Power: The Clintons and Their America by Roger Morris, 1996, Regnery, Washington, D.C.

 

First In His Class by David Maraniss, 1996, Touchstone,  New York, New York.

 

 

Lecture Notes:  06-21-05

 

We really do not have remedial classes here at New Ruskin.

 

Counselor:  I thought the whole school was remedial.

 

 . . . Well, yes, I suppose.  We really do need to start over at the beginning with most of our students,  Mr. Limbaugh .  .  . Mr. Bush . . . I recall that his father was a bit slow too . . . Mr. Beck . . . What happened to Mr. Beck.

 

Counselor:  You sent him down last term.

 

Ah, yes.  Perhaps it will be a good experience for him.  One never knows.

 

However this time we shall make an exception for College Visitors.

 

Yesterday when Mr. Franken said “sparks fly”, this was a reference to our posting about Bill O’Reilly some . . .  some . . . months ago.  When was that?

 

Counselor:  April.  April 30.

 

Ah, (photographic memory, very smart), (http://www.newruskincollege.com/id17.html ) thank you Yvonne.

 

Counselor:  You are welcome. 

 

And this proves again that Mr. Franken is a detail sort of person.  Imagine remembering the reference.   . . . though I suppose . . . because about O’Reilly . . . Mr. O’Reilly too bull headed to be a good student . . . a bit of a numskull what?

 

Factory Built Housing
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Murray Grove, London

 

 

 

Lecture Notes:  06-21-05  Oligarchy Watch II

 

What has been missing in the coverage of the housing bubble is its relationship to humanity.

 

The economist will cite the figures, but what they are missing is the understanding.  How to relate those abstractions, the numbers, to people.  To show people how they have caused the bubble.

 

This was the direction Max Weber and Ludwig von Mises were taking Economics and Sociology. (see Weber and Ludwig von Mises at the Max Weber Institute(http://www.newruskincollege.com/maxweber/id18.html))  But their methods fell out of fashion with the professional academics. 

 

In Sociology and particularly Economics “the numbers”, numerical analysis has been favored for its perceived  “objectivity” and “rigor.” (“Rigor” in the sense of the Natural Sciences.)

 

The problem is that most people do not read the footnotes of scholarly economic reports.  So there is this disconnect.  The scientists know but do not know how to communicate what they know.  (In the Humanities people like Derrida have actually taken this problem as their starting point.  When conservatives complain that the Structuralist’s and Poststucturalist’s  “works” are incomprehensible they respond, ‘But of course, do you not also find Modern Physics incomprehensible, Messieur?’  (‘But . . . but . . . you are writing about Tom Sawyer!’  ‘Yes, but Tom Sawyer as understood by the alternative interpretations of the oppressed, the very people that ----  but how can you hope to understand these matters, they are so  . . .  how do you say . . .  complex . . .’ etc. etc.))

 

So when I have talked about the housing bubble I have tried to place it in the context of a general theory of Economics and Politics:  Conservatism.

 

It is an ideological interpretation.  But we know from the developments in Western Philosophy as it has merged with Eastern Philosophy that there is no “objective” “The Truth.”  There are only our contextualizations, our theories.  (Many Conservatives regard this as a capitulation  to the relativism of the Left.  However, as we have explained elsewhere, (see Wrong at the Max Weber Institute) our simple minded conservative friends are mistaken.) 

 

And as has been reported before this misunderstanding is ironic as Conservatives see themselves as defenders of the “free market”.  Ironic because the free market stands as the evidence and proof of the ever changing, multi dimensional, relativistic floating world, in which all relationships are in continual movement, and the change in any one alters all the others.  A complex system not unlike our Earth itself.   Indeed it is this close similarity between the natural systems and this human construct, the market, which accounts for its superior performance. 

 

Where the market  has failed, pollution for example, the cause of the  failure can be traced to the absence  of the necessary feedback loops.  For example, Ludwig von Mises contended that pollution  would have been controlled far more easily by an extension of the law of property  than with bureaucratic regulation.  A polluter is not engaged in voluntary associations of  mutual assent.  He is a trespasser.  But owing to historical peculiarities, (the oligarchy controlled the courts and the government, (as all polluters are rich men, and therefore)) the necessary developments in tort law to prevent pollution  were blocked.   

 

It is worth noting that the greatest improvements in environmental law have come from the application of market principals to pollution control.  The market being far more effective in identifying the most cost effective way of eliminating pollution. 

 

And note too that the Leftists, the socialist environmentalists, are the most opposed to these developments not withstanding the superior results achieved.  But what is this but another example of the supremacy of subjective judgments over objective results.  This is why Ludwig von Mises said that you have learned everything you can learn by eighth grade:  everything else is just ideology.  You might think that market principles  are more effective but at our great universities you will be given low marks.

 

Now this is somewhat overly harsh.  For example  the work of Iris Murdoch has been to attempt to restore meaning, reason, to our lives.   For reason is the compact, the peace treaty between us.  If reason is destroyed then how shall we live but in bloody violence?  This reason is a lowercase reason, not the “Reason” of a bygone era.  For we no longer believe,  can sustain the illusion, of a permanent order or absolute “The Truth.”

 

And it is this lowercase reason, contingent, relativistic, temporary, that Max Weber and Ludwig von Mises sought, and attempted to communicate.  But instead Economics, (among the professional academics) reverted to numerical analysis in attempt to find its footing on the “rationalistic” “objective” metaphysics which sustained Newton and the Nineteenth Century thinkers including Marx.  (For Marx also believed in an objective “one best way.)   

 

In discussing the housing bubble, for example, I have emphasized the anti growth, even no growth, policies of the last thirty years as an important cause of the housing bubble.  By restricting supply, (in San Francisco at one point the shortfall was 70,000 housing units (compared to new jobs created)), consumer choice has been limited and the prices are a consequence of the market finding its level in and among the deteriorated housing stock which has survived to be resold;  new units being artificially kept to a minimum.

 

Obviously, I do not mean to contradict Bob Brinker’s point that the recent run up since the late 1990’s is in part due to the increased value of housing as a source of tax free capital gains.  The increase in the capital gains tax exemption to the current $500,000 level increases the value of housing relative to other sources of capital gains.  This being another example of how taxes are simply another cost like any other, and therefore by lowering this cost, (taxes), the relative value has been increased.  Or as the economist would say made more “efficient.”  (As if efficient were an “objective” quality.  The contingent nature of this term, efficient, can be seen here in this case because it is easy to see that the tax is an artificial cost, wholly imposed by the state and not resulting from any obvious requirement of Nature.)

 

But Mr. Brinker leaves his analysis here:   there was a tax break, and prices responded to the increase efficiency of ‘housing’ as a source of capital gains.

 

True.

 

But see how this Congressional action is not unlike the interest payment tax deduction on mortgages up to $1,000,000.  And what was the creation of this tax loophole but another example of increasing the “efficiency” of the purchase of a home?

 

And again efficiency in quotes because this term does not relate to some physical fact of existence, no Natural Law is being observed here.  Unlike the bow of a ship or the aerodynamics of an airframe this efficiency  results from an accounting gimmick, a change in the tax laws.

 

Why do I make the distinction?  Because Mr. Brinker and the economists who have been writing on this subject have failed to communicate to people the causes of the housing bubble and the coming catastrophe.

 

The people  will suffer and they do not know why.

 

For example . . . . why in the ---- do you think we have these tax loopholes?  They did not come from Heaven.  They do not make housing more efficient the same way factory building methods or the market makes housing more efficient.  But the difference is contingent upon your values judgment.

 

Just looking at the numbers housing has been made more efficient if the tax is reduced or the labor and material to produce a unit of housing is reduced.  In either case the housing efficiency has been improved.  Yet applying our human conscience to the problem, values, we can see the difference.  We can no longer say that one is “real” efficiency and the other artificial, only that by application of moral reason we can distinguish them subjectively.   

 

If you fail to ask these questions,  (e.g. how come the tax loophole?),  you are not being honest.

 

Note too that the reader who says, ‘Well I am a liberal and this is as you said just a Conservative perspective . . .’  has not understood either.  Of course every commentary is going to be subjective.  Human.  Therefore limited.  This is inescapable.  There is no pure science of human reason.   

 

Contingent?  Yes.  However for this time in this universe market principles explain what we are seeing.  Tautology they may be but still many useful points can be developed even from a tautology.

 

For example, when I said that the economists who fail to discuss the underlying causes of the housing bubble are dishonest;  that was not an objective statement.  What is honesty?  It is a subjective statement.

 

 

EFFICINCY EFFICIENCY EFFICIENCY
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When the rich want efficiency they allow it.

You must decide if it makes sense too look beyond the mere statement that a tax break on the first $500,000 in capital gains helped cause the bubble. 

 

Looking at how these tax breaks work, seeing which classes benefit from these tax breaks, considering if there has been undemocratic influence on the Legislature of the USA, and on the several states, and on the boards of supervisors, and city councils, considering if the entire system:  the exclusionary zoning codes that reduce the opportunities for consumers to exercise choice, forcing the consumers to the periphery and extending their commutes, increasing the consumption of fossil fuels, being away from their families, and the civic institutions of their forefathers, being house bound to a mortgage that takes an ever greater percentage of their income; then considering the building codes which restrict the application of more efficient building methods, (and here efficient is not merely an abstract economic term but we can point to real energy and material and labor savings not just bookkeeping entries), which would have given consumers more choice; and then expanding our analysis to the manipulation of the tax codes by rich powerful people who have worked at all these levels of government, (Marin Senator Feinstein being a convenient example of a Tiburon oligarch who used her influence at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to restrict supply locally and now exerts her malevolent influence at the national level);   would such an analysis not add to our understanding of the housing bubble?

 

And please do not tell me ‘this sounds like a lot of value judgments’ for as we have already explained there is no “objective” interpretation.  Without value there can be no analysis.

 

It is the Economist’s very attempt at objectivity which makes them useless to us.  We need meaning.  We need to look beyond the numbers.

 

For example consider how the capital gains exemption works with the mortgage interest deduction:    

 

  For many higher-income taxpayers, the deduction is indeed a tax shelter. So are the deduction for property taxes, the break on capital gains and the untaxed income -- in the form of housing services -- that a homeowner receives on his equity investment. A landlord, with a similar investment, has to pay tax on rental income minus expenses.

 

  Altogether, the benefits from those tax breaks are wildly skewed according to income levels and where taxpayers live. In general, higher-income households that can easily afford to own a house without such subsidies get the bulk of the benefits.

 

  Last year the National Bureau of Economic Research published a paper by two Wharton School economists, Todd Sinai and Joseph Gyourko, who used data for the U.S. 2000 Census and other sources to compute the subsidy per owner-occupied unit in each state in 1999.

 

Unevenness Soars

 

  That subsidy ranged from a low of $2,240 in North Dakota to $12,759 in Hawaii. Among metropolitan areas the disparity was much greater: $26,385 in San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California, and a scant $1,541 in McAllen-Edinburg-Pharr along Texas's Mexican border. Some East Coast areas also had huge subsidies and many in states such as Tennessee, Ohio and Louisiana got little benefit.

 

  Given what has happened to home prices on the two coasts since 1999, the unevenness of the value of the combined tax breaks has soared.

 

  It's clear from the Wharton economists' study that the extremely rapid rise in home prices in some high-income markets and the subsidies, including the mortgage-interest deduction, feed on one another. Certainly the existence of the deduction encourages purchase of larger, more expensive homes.”  --- It's Time to Drop the Home Mortgage Deduction: John M. Berry   May 19 (Bloomberg)  (http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000039&refer=columnist_berry&sid=a8Gu53fSyGLw )

 

Did you note the sentence:  “In general, higher-income households that can easily afford to own a house without such subsidies get the bulk of the benefits.”  See how the Left’s rhetoric of helping the “poor” and “middle income” to buy their “home” is used here by the oligarchy in the same way we saw earlier that the poor and middle class must now pay the Social Security of the top 20% who control 50% of the national income and 60% of the financial wealth not withstanding that now the ratio of workers to retirees  is 3 to 1 and soon will be 2 to 1. 

 

Recall too the Carter increase in the “insurance” on savings and loan deposits to $100,000.  Not per person but per account!  See how the Left’s rhetoric is used to plunder the treasury for pensions which pay 100% in retirement for public employees who now comprise half of all union members. (Business Week:  Public Pension Sink Hole)   And the other half, the back bone of the Democrat party.  Their pension and medical “insurance” deals are bankrupting their companies.  

 

Time and again we find the Left in the service of the rich oligarchs.   Why?  Or for example, why must we pay 50% of the cost of the photo voltaic panels on the roofs of the rich?  Why?  Or why is CalTrans spending $200 million for a tunnel on the scenic highway out on the coast where development is strictly limited, in a county, San Mateo, where the median home value is $1,000,000, while millions of commuters are daily waiting in line to travel through the Caldecott Tunnels where CalTrans has already estimated that a tunnel there would also cost $200 million?  Why?  Do not ask the Democrat for an explanation.    

 

And notice that the Marin Senators Boxer and Feinstein will not discuss this deeper analysis of the class structure of American tax law, and zoning law, and building codes, etc. etc.  This is because they are supporters of the status quo.  Oh, sure, another hundred million for government ‘affordable housing’ but nothing more.  Of course they will control who will benefit from these ‘affordable homes.’   And yet they are still called liberals!  They are so Post Liberal.

 

Mr. Berry points out that only 30% of American tax payers  claim the interest deduction not withstanding the fact that 70% own their own homes.  And yet this loophole still costs the public $62 billion a year.  Simply changing the maximum mortgage from the current $1 million to $500,000 would save $48 billion over the next 10 years. 

 

Who are the primary beneficiaries of these tax windfalls?  Texas or Marin?  Red or Blue?

 

Without a values analysis, without values the economists are just talking numbers.

 

“Just numbers on  paper.” (Peter Peterson, Running on Empty,  Foreign Affairs)   That is what the great thinker in the Oval Office said of the National Debt.  There is your objective analysis by the simple minded conservative.  Yet those numbers will mean real hardships for your grandchildren.  A real diminishment in their opportunities, their freedom.  Their world will have $ 8 trillion dollars in capital taken out of it.  Sitting in Treasury Bonds that capital will not be searching out new ways, for example,  to build houses faster, better, cheaper.  Those capitalists will not be staying up late nights thinking of ways to meet the consumer’s needs.

 

Those capitalists will be sitting back letting the IRS force the money from your grandchildren.

 

Not voluntary associations of mutual assent but coercion. 

 

But the great thinker in the Oval Office says it is “Just numbers on paper.” 

 

And that is what the housing bubble is as it has been reported by the economists:  just numbers on paper.

 

And so  the simple minded conservatives think they understand the system by  which they play.  They are  utterly blind to the heavy thumb pushed down on the scales.   They fail to perceive the dangers that have been created by the oligarchy’s control and manipulation of the housing market because they are only told about the numbers not shown the values which are at issue.   They do not yet understand that the blue state party machines, under the oligarchy’s control, have so distorted the housing market that the entire nation will suffer.    

 

  New federal housing data show that the nation's most overheated local housing markets now make up such a large share of the total U.S. market that a sharp fall in their values could stall or slow national economic growth.

  ..."It's a widespread boom and has macro implications," says Richard Brown, chief economist of the FDIC. "A slowdown would not only hurt these markets, but the U.S. as a whole."

  ... Unlike stocks, the housing market "would be more likely flat with 10% to 20% declines in some regions, or down slightly nationally with some regions looking ugly," says Ethan Harris, chief U.S. economist at Lehman Brothers. Even local housing crashes take years to unfold, he says.”--- (http://angrybear.blogspot.com/2005/06/housing-bubble-talk.html )

 

And do you suppose that we will all equally suffer?  Do you suppose that the rich who have caused these distortions in the tax code, the zoning code, the building code, the allocation of the roads, the “insurance” which protects every aspect of their lives, will suffer equally with the poor and middle class? Are you being “objective” or are you being a fool?

 

For  if you look deeper into these numbers you will  see  how the rich exercising their monopoly over government, federal, state and local, to distort the market and exempt themselves from taxes yes, but more importantly exempt themselves from the forces of the market, they have  thus freed themselves from market constraints and need no longer concern themselves with anyone but themselves.

 

Sounds like Marin.   The revenge of the blue state is coming:

 

    Throughout history, financial bubbles—whether in houses, equities or tulip bulbs—have continued to inflate for longer than rational folk believed possible. In many countries around the globe, house prices are already at record levels in relation to rents and incomes. But, as demonstrated by dotcom shares at the end of the 1990s, some prices could yet rise even higher. It is impossible to predict when prices will turn. Yet turn they will. Prices are already sliding in Australia and Britain. America's housing market may be a year or so behind.”   ---- The Economist, (http://www.economist.com/opinion/displayStory.cfm?story_id=4079458)

 

(see paper no. 1948. Edward L. Glaeser and Joseph Gyourko  The Impact of Zoning on Housing Affordability  next link )

http://post.economics.harvard.edu/hier/2002papers/2002list.html  ))) 

 

 

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FREEDOM FREEDOM
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CHOICE CHOICE

3) Just prior to leaving for the U.S., Atta made 2 trips to the Czech Republic in 2000. The first was on May 30, where he went without a visa to the transit lounge of Prague International Airport; the second was by bus to Prague on June 2 with visa BONN200005260024. 4) On April 4, 2001, Atta checked out of the Diplomat Inn in Virginia Beach and cashed a check for $8,000 from a SunTrust account, according to the FBI. Atta was not seen again in America by any witness before April 11, 2001. 5) Al-Ani scheduled a meeting in April with a "Hamburg student" according to an appointment calendar subsequently turned up by Czech intelligence in a surreptitious search of the Iraq Embassy (presumably after the defeat of Iraq in April 2003.) 6) Al-Ani was observed meeting a young Arab-speaking man on the outskirts of Prague at about 11 am on April 9th by a watcher for Czech counterintelligence.

 
 

 

Lecture Notes:  June  20,  2005

 

Developing . . .

 

Sounding more like O’Reilly every day, today Franken tells Vice President Cheney to “shut up!” 

 

“He should just shut up!”  Shouted the little liar on the air.

 

Franken then repeated the claim of  the now discredited “anonymous sources” who originally started the rumor that the FBI “had rental receipts” for a Mohammad Atta in Florida:     

 

“All these reports attributed to the FBI were, as it turns out, erroneous. There were no car rental records in Virginia, Florida, or anywhere else in April 2001 for Mohamed Atta, since he had not yet obtained his Florida license. His international license was at his father's home in Cairo, Egypt (where his roommate Marwan al-Shehhi picked it up in late April). Nor were there other recordsin the hands of the FBI that put Atta in the United States at the time. Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet testified to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in June 2002, "It is possible that Atta traveled under an unknown alias" to "meet with an Iraqi intelligence officer in Prague." Clearly, it was not beyond the capabilities of the 9/11 hijackers to use aliases.” Slate(http://www.edwardjayepstein.com/PragueConnection.htm)

 

But isn’t this very much like his:   “they claim Kerry shot himself” ? 

 

Or is this not exactly like his:  “they have the bonds” to pay Social Security?

 

When I first heard him talk about Social Security I did not take him seriously.  But now I know that he is not ignorant, he claims to be a graduate of Harvard.

 

Can that be.  O’Reilly and Franken both Harvard graduates?

 

Franken will spend whole hours going over some bit of trivia, in fine detail.  He knows his facts when he wants to.

 

So his “they claim Kerry shot himself”  is a lie.  Proof of his bad faith.  He knows the truth but deliberately chooses to lie.

 

He knows the “bonds” must be paid off by tax payers who will already be supporting Social Security recipients at a 2 to 1 ratio.  Paying interest on $8 trillion in national debt.  Paying 50% of the cost of a photo voltaic array on a rich man’s home. Paying for highways to that rich man’s home.  Paying , and paying, in an economy starved of energy, (no nuclear power plants in the last 30 years), increasingly confronted with competition from the rest of the world, forced to pay the cost of housing that has been rigged by the oligarchy, . . .  the whole economy rigged for the benefit of the rich and powerful, the unions, the Harvard educated comedians on the radio . . . 

 

Oh, Franken knows all of this.  He is no fool, he  just sounds like one, it is part of his act; so that he will not be required to meet any standards,  ‘what can you expect, he is a fool’ people will say. 

 

 

 

 

 

Lecture Notes:  06-18-05

 

Breaking News!!!!

 

Item One:  War in Iraq!

 

Item Two:

 

New Ruskin College has obtained confidential documents which show that in the months leading up to war in Iraq then President Bush---

 

Counselor:  But isn’t he still President Bush?

 

 . . . ah . . . well  . . . yes . . . but this is how news reporters talk . . . I don’t know why . . .

 

Counselor:  Why are you out of breath?

 

Oh, in the news business, you must always be breathless when reporting the big story.

 

President Bush did not really want to go to the United Nations and find some other way besides invading Iraq, overthrowing Saddam Hussein, trying him and executing him, for crimes against humanity, causing wars of aggression, despicable crimes, sponsorship of terror, the murder of whole towns with chemical weapons, rape . . .

 

Item Three:  This JUST in!!

 

New Ruskin College has obtained official government documents  from anonymous confidential sources which show that then Assistant Secretary of Defense, Paul Wolfowitz,  said that the Administration emphasized  weapons of mass destruction  because it was an issue that “everyone could agree on.” 

 

We have learned that Dr. Wolfowitz  said that there were other reasons for War, saying, “The truth is that for reasons that have a lot to do with the U.S. government bureaucracy, we settled on the one issue that everyone could agree on which was weapons of mass destruction as the core reason. ”

 

New Ruskin College EXCLUSIVE:  They “FIXED” on WMD!!  Or  “settled” on the one issue: "For bureaucratic reasons we settled on one issue, weapons of mass destruction, because it was the one reason everyone could agree on." (http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2003-05-30-wolfowitz-iraq_x.htm ) 

 

World Exclusive:

 

New Ruskin College has learned that the Bush Administration concentrated on the WMD issue to the exclusion of other important reasons for the war!

 

" “This is what is killing us on Iraq,” one aide says. “We lost focus. The President got hung up on the weapons of mass destruction and an unproven link to al Qaeda. We could have found other justifiable reasons for the war but the President insisted the focus stay on those two, tenuous items.”

 

{Now this “White House Aid” is not quite right is he?  No one any longer maintains that there was no “connection” between Hussein and al Qaeda.  This is why the 911 Commission changed the terms of the discussion to “collaborative relationship,” the link and connection having been indisputably proven. 

 

Mr. Bush has, (and in my opinion wrongly),  consistently refused to “link” or “connect” Saddam Hussein with al Qaeda’s specific attack on 9-11.  Why?  Too controversial.  See?  The President is smart.  Even though his own government has proven the connection between Hussein and WTC attacks, (both 1993 and 2001), the Bush Administration continues to avoid speaking about this evidence.  (Nor has the White House Press Corps. distinguished itself by forcing the President to address the evidence.)}

 

" Aides say the President gets “hung up on minor details,” micromanaging to the extreme while ignoring the bigger picture. He will spend hours personally reviewing and approving every attack ad against his Democratic opponent and then kiss off a meeting on economic issues. "  (Bush's Erratic Behavior Worries White House Aides By DOUG THOMPSON,Publisher, Capitol Hill Blue, Jun 4, 2004, 06:15)

 

Counselor:  How can you call this a world exclusive if you are just getting this from Capitol Hill Blue?

 

Because I had it in Lecture Notes at the beginning of June, 2004! (http://www.newruskincollege.com/id19.html )

 

Counselor: But-----

 

Oh, I bet you would think it was news if the British said so,  Miss smarty pants.

 

World Exclusive !!!  Tic, tic, tack, tic, tack ---

 

Counselor:  What is that?

 

Telegraph.  Or teletype.   Item Four:

 

New Ruskin College can now report that the Bush Administration did not prepare for the rebuilding of Iraq !!

 

No where else will you learn the truth!!

 

World Exclusive:  Item Five:

 

New Ruskin College has learned that the Bush Administration concentrated on the WMD issue to the exclusion of other important reasons for the war!

 

“This is what is killing us on Iraq,” one aide says.

 

I bet you did not see that one coming.

 

Counselor:  But you can not just repeat something and call it news.   It has to be new doesn’t it?

 

She can be so old fashion sometimes. 

 

Joe Conason criticized his former editor, Michael Kinsley, because Kinsley did not agree that the British Cabinet leaks were “news.”

 

To justify his criticism Conason quoted Kinsley’s column of July 2002 in which Kinsley speculated that perhaps Bush is only “bluffing” about his intention of going to war.  In other words everyone assumed that Mr. Bush was preparing for war, and only at the insistence of the British did he agree to pause for a UN vote on the question.

 

And Michael Kinsley says, well, everyone thinks we are going to war, but who knows, maybe everyone is wrong, maybe Bush is only “bluffing.”  It is a contrarian piece.  You know.  Some times people take up contrarian positions to try and attract att—

 

Counselor: . . .

 

 . . . attention to themselves . . .

 

Counselor: . . .

 

 . . .  you know?

 

Kinsley’s point was that everyone thinks we are going to war.   Conason is too dim witted to see that his “evidence” exactly makes Kinsley’s point.  The British Cabinet leaks are not news.   And Franken accepts Conason’s  foolish point because he is so grateful to have Conason on his show that he does not dare embarrass him.  But this is just typical of the Al Franken show.  Weak.

 

And by design.  Because he wants to run for office everything he says has to be vetted.  Calculated.  Boring.   

 

“I never said I was . . .” ---- Al Franken

 

Franken said this the day after my post here at this site showing how he had completely changed his position on means testing of the rate of increase of Social Security. 

 

Recall that Franken had agreed that we should not have to “bribe” the rich in order to provide an old age pension for the elderly poor, i.e. the bottom 60% who would be in poverty without assistance ---- one week.

 

Then the next week he completely reversed himself and even accused anyone who would suggest means testing the “rate of increase”, ( not means testing the program itself, just the rate of increase), of being “pernicious.”  And I accused him of dishonesty, of being a liar, of bad faith.

 

So he started to say,  “I never said I was  . . .”   but he did not finish the sentence.  How could he?  It is impossible to finish that sentence.

 

Try it.

 

“I never said I was  . . .  consistent? . . . I never said I was . . . telling the truth?  Honest?  Acting in good faith?   I never said I was . . . serious.”

 

This concludes this exclusive report from confidential anonymous government sources. 

 

 

 

 

Oligarchy Watch

Factory built homes are  in the high end of the market because of governmental zoning and building code restrictions which have blocked the economies of scale, further driving up the cost of housing.(http://www.thetyee.ca/News/2005/05/31/PrefabHome/ )

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Who Doesn't Belong and Why?
 
 
“Duke Cunningham is a hero,” DeLay said during a press briefing Tuesday. “He is an honorable man of high integrity.” --- Tom Delay, 6-21-05
 

North County Times

Cunningham, defense contractor have more ties
(http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/06/18/news/top_stories/61705200838.txt)

 

By: WILLIAM FINN BENNETT - Staff Writer

The web of connections between Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham and a defense contractor continued to grow Friday, as did questions about the relationship between the contractor and the congressman.

Newly discovered information Friday showed that a subcommittee on which the North County Republican served last year authorized a $100,000 federal grant to a foundation controlled by the contractor, a foundation for which Cunningham's wife and one of his daughters serve on an advisory council.

 

The disclosures about the foundation's connection to Cunningham are the latest in a series of revelations about the relationship between Cunningham and the contractor, whose company has received millions in defense contracts. Cunningham serves on a House subcommittee that controls military expenditures.

 

This week, Democrats and watchdog groups called for an investigation into whether the contractor, Mitchell J. Wade of the defense firm MZM Inc., overpaid Cunningham ---- possibly by as much as $700,000 ---- when he purchased the congressman's Del Mar home.

Critics have also called for an investigation into Cunningham's living arrangements on Wade's 42-foot yacht in a
Washington Marina
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Cunningham is a member of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, which oversees military expenditures and influences the awarding of defense contracts to firms such as MZM.

Supporters of an investigation allege that the connections between Wade and Cunningham led to more support for contracts for Wade's company, which they say would be an ethical violation.

In the 2004 fiscal year, MZM received more than $65 million in defense contracts, cracking the list of the top 100
U.S. defense contractors nationwide.

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Lecture Notes:  06-14-05

 

Oh!  I see, Mr. Bush!

 

We will just raise the number of foreign nationals in the Army.  Ah,  the American Foreign Legion.

 

Sure.  Of course, now the ‘Bush open borders’ makes sense.

 

If the Army can only raise 60% of the needed recruits, (from America), we will simply increase the allowed number of foreign nationals to fill the ranks.

 

We will still have American officers, ( in the French Foreign Legion all the officers are French, the language is French, the flag is French),  but the troops will increasingly be drawn from around the world.  The ultimate out sourcing. 

 

So that is why our President feels no obligation to speak to the nation.  We are just the subjects, the tax payers, the governed.

 

When our rulers think we need to know something they will let us know.

 

Mr. Bush does not have to rally the troops, give speeches, persuade.  The election is over.  Get a life.  Mr. Bush controls the oval room, end of story. 

 

He really does believe in open borders.  What is a nation?  What is sovereignty?

 

Indeed what is your democracy?  You see a lot of reasoning being applied to the political discussion do you?  Your fellow citizens deeply immersed in the facts are they?  Is that what you see?  A rich healthy public discussion?  Far reaching?  Impartial?  Profound?

 

How many competitive elections did we have in the last election cycle?

 

Mr. Yasin and Mr. Yosef  come from Iraq and return to Iraq after the first World Trade Center bombing (an act of war) and yet we are told that there is “no connection” between Saddam Hussein and the World Trade Center and al Qaeda, (see McGurk Tutorial). 

 

(Mr. Solomon of the AP has reported that the first WTC bombing was an al Qaeda operation, and no one objected.( see Who Killed Duane Garrett Part II (http://www.newruskincollege.com/id12.html)))  Yet we are assured that Hussein and al Qaeda had no “collaborative operational relationship.’’  A lie.

 

And one could go on, item by item, fact after fact, but what is the use?  Reason and facts no longer count.  Did they ever?

 

Hussein’s own generals when interviewed after the war said they had thought that there were WMD and that they would be used once the Americans crossed the “red line.”

 

So now we know that if we had had better human intelligence we would have only collected more evidence that Hussein had and intended to use WMD.  But again this is a logic, a series of facts that is irrelevant.

 

That Hussein attempted the assassination of Mr. Bush (41), (an act of war), is irrelevant.

 

That Hussein supported world terrorism (an act of war) irrelevant. 

 

That Hussein violated the armistice (an act of war) irrelevant.

 

In part irrelevant because Clinton did not take action at the time on any of these facts.  (Hussein admitted to having WMD (an act of war)  during the Clinton administration.)

 

And because Clinton did nothing, and because you, the great mass made no objection, for you to admit now that more should have been done would be to engage in self criticism.

 

And you are too egotistical to make such an admission.

 

So you revert into the lies:  “no connection,”  “no collaborative relationship,”  “no cause for war,” . . . etc.  Go ahead keep repeating “no connection”. 

 

And foreign affairs is only one aspect.  Your party has blocked nuclear power for 30 years.  Advanced “no growth” policies and then complained of the hardships your very policies have imposed.  Have plundered the public treasury, and have helped the unions to plunder and loot, both private and public treasuries,  pensions beyond belief, public employees retiring on 95% of their income, no, 100% pensions and then complaining that that was not enough, and filing workers comp claims for full disability while working a second job in retirement. 

 

And even as your policies bring on an energy crisis and a housing crisis, so too the pension system collapses into insolvency, just as the Social Security system which the Democrat refuses to reform spirals into debt larger than the national debt of $8 trillion.

 

Egotism, plunder, gerrymandering, lies, bad faith,  the utter debasement of our national discourse.  “No connection” ,  “no  connection,”   . . .

 

‘Our president is not a rapist.’  Can you say denial?   Did you even once, just one time,  object to the Clinton acquiescence to the slaughtered of the million in Rwanda?  One f-----  word?  This is denial.  Did you say anything even to yourself? This is debasement.  Even in private?  This is political corruption. Or are you dead already?   (But you would have done something about Hitler,  . . . right?  (Don’t you lie to yourself about that?   More than once?   ( So many pleasing lies.))  What if you are just a big bag of shit? ) 

 

Counselor:  And you are not?

 

Ah! Yvonne!  How good of you to join us my dear.  Thank you.

 

Counselor:  You are welcome. 

 

And see how Mr. Bush is no reformer.  He will not challenge your egotistical defenses.  He will not attempt to persuade.  He leaves you to yourselves. 

 

May be if you were a sovereign people, if you mattered.  But you do not matter.  So you can be left to your tangle of pathologies and defensive lies.  Go on lying until you die.

 

You can be replaced.  It is easier to replace you than to try and reason with you; or to try to persuade you.

 

Why bother.  Fill the ranks with the foreign nationals.  Out source.  Open the borders.  Enslave the people.

 

The Republic is lost.    

 

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HOOVER INSTITUTION PAPER ON TERROR

Laurie Mylroie
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9-11 Saddam Link Confirmed : Front Page

Lecture Notes:   06-10-05
 
He sends our soldiers off to war, and then he can not be bothered to make the case.  No speeches.  No report to the nation.  No explanation.  No leadership.

 

 

Why?

 

I told you on election day.  He does not need us anymore.   

 

 

“Never before in this country’s history has a president ordered American soldiers into battle, without fully explaining why they are asked to risk life and limb. One would never know from the administration’s public stance that senior officials, including the President, believe that Iraq was involved in the 9/11 attacks.

 

Iraq was indeed involved in those assaults.  There is considerable information to that effect, described in this piece and elsewhere.  They include Iraqi documents discovered by U.S. forces in Baghdad that U.S. officials have not made public.

 

We are now engaged in the most difficult military conflict this country has fought in thirty years.  Even before the fiasco at Abu Ghraib became widely known, both the American public and international opinion were increasingly skeptical of U.S. war aims. 

 

In taking on and eliminating the Iraqi regime, Bush corrected a policy blunder of historic proportions.  His decision for war was both courageous and necessary.  Now, he needs to make it clear just why that decision was made.” (http://www.mail-archive.com/sam11@erols.com/msg00295.html )

 

----- Laurie Mylroie was adviser on Iraq to the 1992 campaign of Bill Clinton and is the author of Bush vs. the Beltway: How the CIA and the State Department tried to Stop the War on Terror. (HarperCollins)  She can be reached through www.benadorassociates.com.

 

 

Middle East News

Yemen: Three former Iraqi intelligence face trial
May 29, 2005, 10:59 GMT

(http://news.monstersandcritics.com/middleeast/article_1003043.php/Yemen_Three_former_Iraqi_intelligence_face_trial )

 

SANAA, Yemen (UPI) -- Yemeni judicial sources said Sunday three Iraqi intelligence officers from the former Saddam Hussein regime are to be tried in a terrorism court.

A court official said the three men will be tried next week on charges of involvement in plotting to blow up the American and British embassies in Sanaa.

 

On condition of anonymity, he said the former intelligence officers were accused of forming "an armed gang aimed at destabilizing the security of the country and planning terrorism acts against foreign targets."

 

The source said Yemeni authorities arrested the three Iraqis two years ago and found plans for their attacks, official documents issued by the former Iraqi regime and explosives.

 

The official did not say why the suspects had been held without trial for the past two years.

 

Copyright 2005 by United Press International

 

 

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CNSNews.com Publishes Iraqi Intelligence Docs By David Thibault CNSNews.com Managing Editor October 11, 2004 . . . But in light of other assertions on Wednesday, widely reported by the mainstream media, that Saddam did not pose any significant threat prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, we felt it was time to publish as many of the Iraqi intelligence documents as possible. What follows are copies of 30 of the 42 pages that are in our possession. Pages 29 through 40 were excluded because they replicate, though in a different person's handwriting, earlier documents. Upon clicking on the individual pages of Arabic documents, readers will have an opportunity to click on the unedited English translation of those documents. We hope this serves to further illuminate a very important element of the ongoing debate.

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Muhammad Atta, 33, an Egyptian, the leader of a 20-member group that committed the attack against the United States in September 2001 that left nearly 3,000 dead in its wake, flew to Prague for the first time on May 30, 2000. He had applied for a visa four days earlier and sat on a plane in Hamburg, although his application had not yet been acted on, and he must have known that Czech officials would not admit him to Czech territory. And, indeed, they didnt: Atta spent six hours in the duty-free zone of the Prague airport and then flew back to Germany.

Saddam Hussein's spies planned a wide-ranging scheme to bribe members of the French political elite in the run-up to the Anglo-American invasion, including an offer to help fund President Jacques Chirac's 2002 re-election campaign.

Beheading suspects 'led by Saddam's nephew' Luke Harding in Baghdad Saturday May 22, 2004 The Guardian The mystery of who killed Nick Berg, the freelance contractor beheaded on video, took a new twist last night when Iraqi police claimed they had arrested four suspects with links to Saddam Hussein's family. Iraqi security officials said Berg's alleged killers were part of a group led by a close relative of Saddam - his nephew Yasser al-Sabawi. The men were seized a week ago after a tip-off, they said. All were former members of the Fedayeen Saddam, the para military group notorious for its loyalty to Iraq's ex-president.

Wall Street Journal February 7, 2005 REVIEW & OUTLOOK Warning to Damascus Among the notable parts of President Bush's State of the Union speech last week was its blunt warning to Syria, next door enemy of free Iraq. "Syria still allows its territory, and parts of Lebanon, to be used by terrorists who seek to destroy every chance of peace in the region," Mr. Bush said. "We expect the Syrian government to end all support for terror and open the door to freedom." Let's hope the President finally means it, because this is only the latest U.S. warning to Damascus since the fall of Saddam Hussein in April 2003. Colin Powell visited Bashar Assad soon thereafter -- despite Pentagon objections that the Syrian dictator would consider it a sign of U.S. weakness. And sure enough, Syria has been adding to our troubles in Iraq ever since.

<< In the northern city of Mosul, American and Iraqi forces arrested a senior guerilla leader on Saturday, said Maj. Gen. Khalil Ahmed al-Obeidi of the Iraqi Army. The leader, known as Mullah Mahdi, was arrested with his brother, three other Iraqis and a foreign Arab during a brief battle, The Associated Press reported. General Obeidi said Mullah Mahdi had links to the Army of Ansar al-Sunna, one of the most militant groups operating in Iraq, and to the Syrian intelligence service. "He was wanted for almost all car bombs, assassinations of high officials, beheadings of Iraqi policemen and soldiers, and for launching attacks against the multinational forces," the general said. >> New York Times June 5, 2005 U.S. Uncovers Vast Hide-Out of Iraqi Rebels By EDWARD WONG BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 4 - American marines have discovered an elaborate series of underground bunkers used recently by insurgents in central Iraq, with heavy weapons, a kitchen and fresh food, furnished living quarters, showers and even a working air-conditioner, the military said Saturday.

 

Sure you have screwed me.  But look:  you are screwing over our troops too!

 

You are going to let the Syrian kill our young people in Iraq because the President is incapable of rallying the nation.  Incapable?  Or he just can not be bothered?

 

With me I have heard   one excuse after another.  I am “unimportant.”  I should not have kept a journal.    I am too “controversial,”   that must be why these rich powerful people decided to  interfere with my employment, spy on me, harasse me, torment, oppressed for the last fifteen years.  I should have expected all this when I wrote those letters to the Senate.  “Words have consequences.”

 

OK

 

So what did those young soldiers whom you sent to Iraq do to deserve this treatment?  Why are you ignoring them?  Why will Mr. Bush not restate the case for Iraq?  Why will he not speak?

 

The Army can not meet the enlistment quota, and yet the President, the Commander in Chief, can not be bothered to speak to the nation.  The Syrian are killing them and he can not . . .

 

But see how this is only one case.

 

Have you ever heard the Republican speak out against the exclusionary zoning?  Building codes designed to drive up the cost of housing?  Any criticism?  Ever just one thing to expand opportunity?  Have they ever questioned the corruption around the public highway billion dollar bureaucracy?  They say they support vouchers in education but now with the House, and Senate, and the White House (sort of), even now they do not   even mention vouchers.  No Open University of the US

 

This President supports racial quotas, supports “open borders,”  failed to establish a new Iraqi government because he did not want to “impose” a government,  refused to accept the surrender of the old Iraqi army, then disbanded it but failed to provide any alternative, no civil conservation corps. or do anything, anything at all, will not even now speak out . . . review the evidence . . . Oh, but he does think the Patriot Act should be made permanent . . .   God!  What folly . . .  he  opposes stem cell research because some nucleuses when taken from their cells might be “destroyed.” 

 

Nucleuses!   

 

When I blow my brains out in front of the KQED building  three trillion cellular nucleuses  will be  destroyed.

 

But then I think:  I am not alone.

 

You have betrayed our young people in Iraq too.

 

I am in good company.

 

“Death is perfectly safe.”

---- Stephen Levine, A Year To Live 

 

 

  

From: The Age

Feb 1  2003

(http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/01/31/1043804523375.html?oneclick=true)

 

Ramzi Yousef is serving 240 years in a US prison for masterminding the 1993 attacks. Raised in Kuwait, he is known to have collaborated with Iraq during the occupation of Kuwait.

 

Yousef - known as "the chemist" - became crucial to al Qaeda's spread into Asia, setting up links as early as 1989 with Abu Sayyaf extremists in the Philippines.

When police in the Philippines arrested nine members of Abu Sayyaf in 1995, they identified six of the nine as Iraqi agents. They believed this cell had operated under instructions from Khalid Sheik Mohammed, one of bin Laden's senior lieutenants.

 

In September, 1992, Yousef travelled to the US on an Iraqi visa, and under a false identity. He was granted asylum after claiming to have been beaten by Iraqi soldiers.

 

Six months later, he fled, having constructed the truck bomb that fellow Islamic extremists drove into the basement of the trade centre. While in hiding in Manila, he then drew up plans to bomb 11 American passenger airliners over the Pacific.

 

The plot misfired, and in 1995 he was arrested in Islamabad, near the Iraqi embassy, and handed over to the US.

 

An accomplice of Yousef in the World Trade Centre bombing was Mohammed Salameh, a Palestinian. His maternal uncle, Kadri Abu Bakr, was jailed for 18 years in Israel for terrorism, before being deported.

Kadri took up residence in Baghdad, becoming second-in-charge of the so-called "Western Sector", a PLO offshoot operating under Iraq's direct influence.

Western intelligence sources have claimed Kadri took calls from a dull-witted nephew in the lead-up to the WTC bombing.  [Calls which are monitored by Iraq’s police state security.]

 

A third co-conspirator in 1993 was Ahmed Rahman Yasin. After the bombing, he fled the US to Jordan. He now works in Iraq for the Saddam Government.

Then, there is Hikmat Shakir, linked to a host of terrorist plots, including the first WTC bombing, and the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen. He is being sought by US authorities as one of the planners of September 11.

 

Shakir is an Iraqi, aged in his late 30s. He, too, has spent time in this region, attending the al Qaeda summit in Kuala Lumpur in January, 2000. Today, he is believed to be in Baghdad, out of reach of international police.

 

Another prominent name is Omar al-Faruq, arrested last year in Indonesia and now in US custody. An Iraqi, born Mahmoud Ahmad Mohammed Ahmad, he, too, has travelled on false Kuwaiti passports.

 

 

From:

(http://www.globalsecurity.org/security/ops/911-key.htm)

 

Hambali (Riduan Isamuddin)
Al Qaeda's success in fostering terrorism in
Southeast Asia stems largely from its close relationship with Jemaah Islamiah (JI). In that relationship, Hambali became the key coordinator.

 

In addition to staging actual terrorist attacks in partnership with al Qaeda, Hambali and JI assisted al Qaeda operatives passing through Kuala Lumpur. One important occasion was in December 1999-January 2000. Hambali accommodated KSM's requests to help several veterans whom KSM had just finished training in Karachi. They included Tawfiq bin Attash, also known as Khallad, who later would help bomb the USS Cole, and future 9/11 hijackers Nawaf al Hazmi and Khalid al Mihdhar. Hambali arranged lodging for them and helped them purchase airline tickets for their onward travel. Later that year, Hambali and his crew would provide accommodations and other assistance (including information on flight schools and help in acquiring ammonium nitrate) for Zacarias Moussaoui, an al Qaeda operative sent to Malaysia by Atef and KSM.

Volcker: U.S. Economic Crisis Imminent NewsMax.com Wires Friday, June 10, 2005 Former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker said he doesn't see how the U.S. can keep borrowing and consuming while letting foreign countries do all the producing. It's a recipe for American economic disaster. On Thursday the Wall Street Journal reported bluntly that "Mr. Volcker thinks a crisis is likely." Volcker believes that investor confidence could fade "at some point," he said, with "damaging volatility in both exchange markets and interest rates."

After Britain reforms its roads will the USA or Britain be more Market oriented?: Official research suggests national road pricing could increase the capacity of Britain's network by as much as 40 per cent at a stroke. (Drudge)

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